Eden Prairie High School Student Wins at National Science Competition

Carolyn K. Jons, Eden Prairie High School, Eden Prairie, MN, won 1st place awards at the United States Army, Navy, and Air Force sponsored 52nd National Junior Science and Humanities Symposium (JSHS), held April 23-27, 2014, in Washington, D.C.

Jons competed in the national symposium with a research project on Improved Efficiency of Seawater Steam Generation Using Carbon Nanoparticles. She was awarded a $12,000 undergraduate, tuition scholarship in the category of Chemistry. A tri-service panel of judges reviewed the students written papers and heard their oral presentations delivered at National JSHS. Winners were selected based upon the quality of their experimentation, understanding of the research, and contribution to the field.

Jons progressed to the national symposium after competing in the North Central (Minnesota, N. & S. Dakota) Junior Science and Humanities Symposium, sponsored by Minnesota Academy of Science. Jons advanced to National JSHS competition among some 8,000 high school students nationwide and competed among the top 96 students representing each of the 50 states, Puerto Rico, and the DoD Dependents Schools of Europe and the Pacific.

The National JSHS Program is a tri-service sponsored effort aimed at encouraging and recognizing the next generation of scientific talent. Sponsors include: Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army (Acquisition, Logistics & Technology); Office of Naval Research, Arlington, VA; and Air Force Office of Scientific Research, Washington, DC., in cooperation with higher education.

The National Junior Science and Humanities Symposia (JSHS) Program is administered by the Academy of Applied Science, a non-profit educational organization located in Concord, New Hampshire. The military and university sponsorship of JSHS serves to support and encourage these talented youth to become our nation’s future scientific leaders and innovators through scholarships and recognition for outstanding achievement.